All your questions about period swimwear answered

All your questions about period swimwear answered

Feel confident in your swim with new season swimwear from Modibodi!​

By choosing Modibodi you're saving unnecessary disposables from piling up in landfill and our oceans. Made from 78% pre-consumer nylon, they are perfect for light periods, spotting or discharge, and a great way to put the planet first.

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Unsure about trying them? We put them to the test with Women's Health Educator Demi, and got her to answer some of your FAQ's!

"Periods shouldn't stop us from living our best life! We should be able to do the same things when we’re on our period that we would do when we don’t have our period. Let’s face it - sometimes that can be challenging. Swimming on your period can be one of those challenges. When I was 12 I got my period for the second time EVER on a family beach holiday. I wasn’t comfortable with using tampons at that point so I wore pads, which also meant I couldn’t go swimming with everyone else. It made me feel left out and I resented my period because of it.

Thankfully, period products have come a long way since I was 12 sitting on the sand alone while my friends and family were swimming in the ocean. If only I could go back in time and hand my 12-year-old self Modibodi swimwear and say “you can keep living life on your period!”. I love that this new technology can allow us to continue with life as normal even when our period arrives.

If you’ve never tried period swimwear before, here’s everything you need to know...

Q: How does period swimwear work?

There is a gusset in the period swimwear that absorbs your period when you’re in the water, and also when you come out of the water. When you bleed, the gusset will absorb your period blood. The leak-proof layer of the gusset is water resistant and keeps the blood inside, so you don’t have to worry about leaking.

Q: How long can you wear them for?

How long you can wear your period swimwear will differ based on how heavy your flow is. With a lighter flow, you’ll be able to wear them a little bit longer.

Remember, they should only be worn alone on light flow days. Wearing them alongside a tampon or menstrual cup on a heavy flow day will allow you to wear them for as long as you’re able to wear the tampon or period cup you have in. To stay hygienic and leak-free, I made sure to change mine as soon as I could after I was finished swimming so I wasn’t sitting around in them all day.

Q: Will people be able to tell I’m wearing period swimwear?

I wore the Modibodi swimwear to a pool party with my friends and NO ONE knew I was wearing period swimwear. In fact, I got lots of compliments! The gusset that absorbs your period isn’t chunky or bulky like a pad. The water-resistant layer prevents the water from the pool or ocean from being absorbed, so it won’t grow in size once you’re in the water.

No one will be able to tell that this isn’t just your normal swimwear!

Q: How absorbent are they? Do you have to wear anything with them?

The Modibodi period swimwear is meant for light period days and absorbs 2 tampons worth of blood. On a light day they can be worn alone, without a tampon, pad or menstrual cup. If you’re on a heavy day, you can pair them with a tampon or a menstrual cup for extra protection from leaks.

Demi Spaccavento is the founder of Bright Girl Health, a passionate women's health educator, author and high school teacher. She is Australia’s no-filter period educator, offering our younger RED customers honest advice on periods, puberty, mental health and everything to do with tween and teen-hood.

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